A little about me.
What inspired you to become a Support Coordinator? Living with a child with a Complex Disability I felt pulled to share my lived experience and disability support knowledge in a way that supports others. I personally know the struggles that those with disabilities and their families face every day, being a Support Coordinator gives me the opportunity to allow those individuals feel heard, recognised and supported.
How long have you been working in this *space*, and what do you enjoy most about it? I have been a Support Coordinator for almost 4 years. I enjoy assisting with easing any struggles and ensuring that participants get maximum benefit from their plans. I love talking to people and sharing my passion for inclusion and support.
What types of support services do you specialise in or have experience with? I currently specialise in supporting participants living with ASD, Intellectual Impairments and Complex Physical Care needs. I have vast experience with children, however mostly support teens-adults.
Can you tell me about a particularly rewarding or memorable experience you’ve had while assisting someone? I have had many memorable experiences over the years of being a Support Coordinator. Assisting teens with transitioning from school into employment and volunteering is extremely rewarding. I have supported multiple participants in their transition from residing in the family home to Supported Independent Living. All of these along with the smallest items of support are memorable as I know that each day I am making a positive impact on someone’s life.
Are there any resources or programs you find Interesting and beneficial for alot of your participants? There are extensive disability resources and programs available now across the industry. Seeking out and finding the ones that are best suited to my participants is a great part of the role as a Support Coordinator. Ensuring all providers / resources / programs are holistic in their approach, offering participants opportunities to build their capacity and work towards interests and goals is the end result.
What do you believe are the most important qualities for a Support Coordinator to have? Support Coordinators must be able to listen, to have the ability to treat every participant as an individual, focusing on everyone’s disability and how it affects them individually and working from there. A great Support Coordinator will be compassionate and empathetic, they must build their participants trust, they must have a passion to support those in their caseload to work toward their goals and towards being the most independent version of themselves that they can be.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Any hobbies or interests you’d like to share? I love to spend time with my family and two Labradors. I love going to the beach and spending as much time outdoors as possible, anywhere near the water. Love reading a great book and taking time for myself to ensure I am the best version of myself for everyone that I interact with.
Tell us something we don’t know, but need to know? My husband and I are registered Foster Carers, opening our home to a Young Person in need of a loving family has been the most challenging, yet rewarding thing we have done.